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How to Draw a Sailboat

Easy, step by step Sailboat drawing tutorial
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"Somewhere beyond the sea
Somewhere waiting for me
My lover stands on golden sands
And watches the ships that go sailing."
- "Beyond the Sea," song by Frank Sinatra

Sailboats or sailing ships are "propelled partly or entirely by sails" that catch the wind. Sailboats are also known as sloops, cutters, catboats, dinghies, ketches, schooners, and yawls, depending on their design.

The first sail-driven boats were invented thousands of years ago. The oldest evidence of these vessels come from both the South China Sea in Asia and the Mediterranean Sea, which abuts Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

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Sailboats can be used in the ocean or in freshwater lakes. Sailboat festivals are held in places around the world, attracting enthusiasts who bring their brightly colored sailing craft. Some events include the sport of sailboat racing.

Would you like to draw a cartoon sailboat? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You will also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Boat, Lighthouse, and Pirate Ship.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Sailboat

Sailboat drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Sailboat Step 01

1. Begin by outlining the deck, bow, and stern of the boat. Use a long curved line for the deck, doubling it back upon itself to form the stern or back of the boat. From the front of the ship, extend a curved line, and double it back upon itself. You should outline a narrow shape. This marks the bow or the front of the boat.

Sailboat drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Sailboat Step 02

2. Continue the curved line of the deck on the opposite side of the bow, continuing to outline the boat's hull. Beneath the point of the bow, draw a vertical curved line, indicating the contours of the lower bow. Then, draw a curved line down each side of the hull.

Sailboat drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Sailboat Step 03

3. Outline the cabin using a long curved line. Note the corners that give the cabin a rectangular shape. Then, enclose a partial rectangle with rounded corners at the front of the cabin. This indicates a window.

Sailboat drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Sailboat Step 04

4. Draw two more successively smaller rectangles with rounded corners on the side of the cabin. These form additional windows. Then, draw several smaller rectangles with rounded corners near the top of the hull.

Sailboat drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Sailboat Step 05

5. Draw the mast. From the top of the cabin, extend a long straight line upward. Double it back upon itself to enclose the mast. Near the bottom of the mast, extend a horizontal straight line. Double it back upon itself to form the boom.

Sailboat drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Sailboat Step 06

6. Next, draw the jib, the sail at the front of the sailboat. Use curved lines to enclose a large triangle. One corner should meet the mast, the other the bow. From the remaining corner, draw a straight line to the deck.

Sailboat drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Sailboat Step 07

7. Draw the mainsail. Use the boom as its bottom line. Then, enclose the triangle using two curved lines. Draw a series of curved lines in front of the bow to indicate waves.

Sailboat drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Sailboat Step 08

8. Continue drawing the waves using several series of curved lines.

Sailboat drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Sailboat Step 09

9. Draw more waves at the bow using curved lines. Draw a wavy line to indicate the waters beneath the boat and to completely enclose the hull.

Complete Sailboat drawing
How to Draw a Sailboat Step 10

Color your cartoon sailboat. Many have brightly colored sails.

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